Jim Leyland, the man a the helm of the best Detroit Tigers seasons in several decades, and the manager who turned around the Marlins ship and brought them their first World Series win, has been elected by the Eras Committee to enter the Hall of Fame.
Of all the eligible candidates for admission by the Eras Committee, Leyland was the only one to get the 75% vote necessary for admission, but it means during the summer’s upcoming Hall of Fame ceremonies he will get his turn at the podium.
Leyland managed four teams: the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Florida Marlins, the Colorado Rockies, and the Detroit Tigers. He won the World Series with the Marlins, and took the Tigers to the World Series twice.
Here’s a little more of the highlights.
A true icon.
Now onto today’s links!
- Anthony Castrovince looks at the Leyland Hall of Fame election.
- Bradford Doolittle reports on the Leyland election over at ESPN.
- A fun little Leyland tidbit.
Leyland is the first Hall of Fame inductee who I witnessed shoplifting.— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) December 4, 2023
2011 Winter Meetings. He swiped a candy bar from the Dallas Hilton lobby. Handler followed him and paid. @norunsupport and I saw it go down.
- Jay Jaffe makes a Hall of Fame case for Joe Mauer.
- Katie Woo looks at the Cardinals' legacy that got Joe Buck’s career started. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- A Bay Area sandwich shop is trying to sweeten the deal for Shohei Ohtani to sign with the Giants. Story by Tom Dierberger.
- Kenta Maeda says he trusted his gut when it came to signing with the Tigers. (AP)
- Evan Drellich suggests we enjoy a period of peace between the MLBPA and ownership. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- First Eric Longenhagen looks at the likelihood of the Brewers making a major extension move.
- And then Jeff Passan reports that they’ve signed an 8-year $82 million extension with Jackson Chourio.
- Mark Feinsand and Jon Paul Morosi ask what the major questions looming over Winter Meetings are.
- Stephanie Apstein suggests that Shohei Ohtani is the biggest mystery of the offseason.
- While we’re on the note of Ohtani, it has been suggested that he’s already received more than one offer over $500 million. (MLB)
- Rhett Bollinger reports how Ohtani continues to prove his value by winning his third outstanding DH award.
- Part of the mystery behind Ohtani in free agency is due to his enigmatic agent Nez Balelo. Story by The Athletic staff. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Michael Bauman gets hyperbolic about Mitch Garver.
- Would the Blue Jays offer up a former Cy Young winner to get their hands on Soto? (MLB)
- Stephanie Apstein has a theory about why all MLB executives dress the same.
- Dodgers fans fret that the Joe Kelly news may take them out of the running for Ohtani. Story by Tim Capurso.
- Jim Bowden offers six trades he’d love to see during Winter Meetings. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- The Marlins are on the cusp of signing Gabe Kapler as assistant GM. (ESPN)
- The Angels managed to do some late-season movements to keep themselves under the luxury tax threshold. Story by Ken Rosenthal. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Fascinated by the idea of a blackout-free baseball era.
No clarity yet on where Twins games will be broadcast, but Cory Provus did share this encouraging news: "Blackouts are going away. Twins games are going to be more accessible."— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) December 1, 2023
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.